Sutton Kay loves her life. She runs a popular yoga studio, has two adorable kittens, and not only lives with her best friend, Zee, but they make her amazing meals all the time. What could be better? Well, her yoga classes, for one thing, when the new tenant below her studio starts blasting music so loud that it disturbs the peaceful atmosphere.
Except, it isn’t a tenant downstairs that’s putting in a crossfit studio. Tuesday Grímsdóttir bought the whole damn building. She also couldn’t care less that Sutton’s ticked about the music, which leads to more stomping down the staircase for Sutton to yell at her new super buff and hot, super mean landlord.
Everything changes when Sutton dares Tuesday to take a yoga class and Tuesday dares her right back to take a crossfit class. And as they take each other’s classes and grab the occasional meal together, they realize that while they may not like each other, they sure are attracted to one another. Is it possible to fall in love with someone you can barely stand talking to? (YES and it’s GLORIOUS!)
Because the story is told in the first person from Sutton’s perspective, and Tuesday is closed off for a lot of the book, we get to know Sutton much better than we ever do Tuesday. I liked that because this is Sutton’s story and, let me just say, I am a huge fan of Sutton. I want to hang out with her and Zee, eating pizza and ice cream all day long. I was such a big fan of hers that I even found myself getting mad at Tuesday right along with her.
A funny thing happened, though. As they started to warm up to each other, I started to warm up to Tuesday too. We get little signs here and there that maybe she isn’t as icy or as much of a jerk as the front she puts forward. Now I’m as big a Tuesday fangirl as I am for Sutton and I adore them together.
The Writing Style
When I first read the blurb for Anyone but You, I was sold. Enemies to lovers, crossfit vs yoga. What’s not to love? I was all but making grabby hands for it.
Friends, I devoured this book and it was even better than I’d hoped! The chemistry is so good and Tuesday and Sutton are so cute. There are kittens! And turtles! And sexy making out! And ZERO angst, which was perfect for me because it turned around the awful week I’d been having.
THAT COVER! Holy hell, is it ever hot. I. Am. Swooning. Also, can we talk about how brilliant it is to make the character we know the least the person we see on the cover? Because it made Tuesday (and those arms…) all the more real.
Everything else is a pro too. Seriously, everything about this book worked for me.
Not a one.
I freaking love this book. Love, love, love it. And get ready, because whenever I see anyone asking for a cute f/f romance in the next 12-18 months, I’m going drop the name of this one because Chelsea M. Cameron crushed it. If you want to be wrapped in the adorableness that is watching two antagonists fall for each other, you need to pick this one up.
Excerpt from Anyone but You by Chelsea M. Cameron
Only one person stood in the room. All that noise for just one person. They had their back to me with a weight bar resting on their upper back, giant black weight plates on either end. Slowly, they squatted down and then pressed back up to standing.
I forgot about the music for a second while I watched their legs flex. The person only wore shorts and a sports bra, and their back glistened with sweat in the low light. This place was definitely in need of some more lighting. The dim corners added more to the prison vibe.
The person squatted again, making a little grunting noise as they stood up again. I should probably stop staring, or at least make my presence known. I definitely needed to stop staring at the person’s ass, even though it was a spectacular ass.
“Excuse me,” I said, but they couldn’t hear me over the music, so I stepped closer. “Excuse me!” I yelled, and the person slowly pivoted, weight bar still on their back. Dark hair, tan skin, piercing blue eyes. That was all I got, and I almost stumbled backwards. I’d never seen someone so intimidating in my life.
“You shouldn’t sneak up behind people when they’re lifting heavy things,” she said, popping the bar off her back and letting it slam onto the floor and bounce a few times. She walked over to the sound system and turned the music down. Blessed relief. I could finally hear myself think.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t know how else to get your attention. The music was a little loud.”
One dark eyebrow raised.
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